Canada Declares Chelsea Manning 'Inadmissible'

She says she plans to appeal decision
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2017 2:43 AM CDT
Chelsea Manning Says She's Banned From Canada
Chelsea Manning is seated in the back seat of a vehicle as she departs the Nantucket Project's annual gathering on Sept. 17, 2017, in Nantucket, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chelsea Manning says Canada has "permanently banned" her—but she's planning to appeal the decision. Manning tweeted a photo Monday of a letter from Canadian authorities describing her as "inadmissible on grounds of serious criminality" because of her conviction under the US Espionage Act, the CBC reports. The letter states that the offense Manning was convicted of in the US "would equate to an indictable offense, namely treason" in Canada, which would be punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Canadian law bars foreign nationals who've been convicted of offenses that would get them more than 10 years in prison in Canada, reports the National Post.

Manning, who tried to enter Quebec at a border crossing in upstate New York last week, was detained overnight by the Canadians before being returned to the US, reports the Guardian. She had been planning to visit Montreal and Vancouver. Supporters say Manning, who was convicted of passing military documents to WikiLeaks, was a whistleblower, not a traitor, and that will form the basis of her appeal against the Canadian decision. Canadian authorities have declined to comment on specifics, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, when asked about the case Monday, said he's looking forward to seeing more information. (Manning says getting involved with WikiLeaks was an "ethical decision.")

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